I have a collection of sewing patterns that I’ve purchased over the years. Most of them have never been used. The thought of altering each pattern before I can make it just isn’t appealing to me.
I love making my own patterns and I usually want to buy every patternmaking book I see. I bought Patternmaking Made Easy by Connie Amaden-Crawford a few years ago and haven’t felt the need to buy anymore, at least not for patternmaking.
The first basic pattern I created using instructions from Patternmaking Made Easy (and patternmaking software instead of pencil and paper) is a skirt pattern (see below). I had to take about 3/8″ out of the waist which was a minor adjustment. Now I can make any kind of skirt I want and I know it will fit. Let the fun begin!
The 3rd Edition of Patternmaking Made Easy is $89 at fashionpatterns.com, which is Connie Crawford’s Web site. It is well worth it to have patterns that fit. And the fact that money is saved that would’ve been spent on patterns doesn’t hurt either.
This book will show you how to draft basic patterns as well as add style details. It covers all kinds of garments from a basic bodice to leotards.
In my next post, I’ll take you inside the patternmaking software I use to make my patterns. You don’t have to have software to create your own patterns. In fact, you need to know how to make sewing patterns with pencil and paper first so you can tell the computer what to do.
Do you want to make your own sewing patterns? Let me know in the comments.